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Do they even have enough spectrum?

iDont Care

Apr 5, 2011, 12:30 PM
The big carriers were scrambling for spectrum and Verizon and AT&T had to duke it out at the FCC auctions. Big Red coming out on top of course. So if they didn't have enough spectrum. How in the hell is a little bitty carrier like U.S. Cellular expect to do this?
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colione112

Apr 5, 2011, 9:32 PM
By utilizing existing Spectrum as they migrate people from one to the other. Believe it or not every previous tech will die as carriers move to VOIP through LTE. It's just a matter of fine tuning the tech and making it as reliable as everything that is out there now.
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iDont Care

Apr 5, 2011, 11:51 PM
colione112 said:
By utilizing existing Spectrum as they migrate people from one to the other. Believe it or not every previous tech will die as carriers move to VOIP through LTE. It's just a matter of fine tuning the tech and making it as reliable as everything that is out there now.


I read U.S. Cellular has AWS spectrum actually. I wonder if they will deploy LTE services on that.
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colione112

Apr 6, 2011, 2:07 AM
Yea that's probably the plan for them. I know that's the plan for MetroPCS and Cricket as well.
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Kenzin

Apr 6, 2011, 9:42 AM
From what I have found, that is going to be the case most likely. USCC has said they are going to launch LTE by year end. That would be the only logical way to fit in that time frame.
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Kenzin

Apr 6, 2011, 9:46 AM
USCC actually does have a surprising amount of AWS. They would have enough for their 7 million customers, and would probably blanket their existing service areas fairly quickly.
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rawvega

Apr 6, 2011, 4:48 PM
In addition to AWS spectrum, US Cellular also has a fair amount of 700MHz spectrum to deploy on as well.
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dave73

Apr 7, 2011, 3:09 AM
USCC's biggest AWS license is for the Mississippi Valley, & that's 10mhz. That license not only will cover an existing market they have in Tennessee, but it would allow them to enter all of Tennessee if they want to (including Nashville & Memphis), plus most of Alabama & all of Mississippi, & the New Orleans area. The rest of the Mississippi Valley regional license covers existing markets in Missouri & southern Illinois. The smaller licenses cover existing markets in Wisconsin, Maine, Iowa, Nebraska, & Oklahoma.

As for their 700mhz band licenses, it's mainly in existing markets. They did win licenses to cover far nothern California, SW & north central Oregon, central Washington state, parts of Illinois, Indiana, northern Wisconsin (...
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BodomSlayer

Apr 7, 2011, 5:38 PM
In laymans terms, what does this mean for those of us in Chicago?
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dave73

Apr 9, 2011, 1:12 PM
BodomSlayer said:
In laymans terms, what does this mean for those of us in Chicago?


Unless they can split up some of their existing PCS spectrum for LTE, Chicago will become one of the last markets to go LTE. They already use their 20mhz of PCS spectrum for 1X & EVDO (probably 10mhz each). AT&T & Sprint hold most of the PCS spectrum for the Chicago market, since VZW holds the other 10mhz they got to keep when they bought most of Primeco, but had to divest Primeco in Illinois & Northern Indiana, which went to USCC in 2002. Just as a note, Verizon holds the 25mhz B side cellular license, which more than makes up for the small 10mhz PCS they hold.
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BodomSlayer

Apr 10, 2011, 10:32 PM
So that means Chicago, the largest market they have, is going to suffer then?
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